Festivities surrounding the Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton, Ontario are in full swing, with honors handed out over the weekend at the Gala Dinner Awards, and the All-Star Band Awards & Jam Session. The Gala Dinner boasted performances by Victoria Banks, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and The Band Perry. The main awards show is tonight’s 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards.
Some of the weekend’s winners:
Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year—Kelly Berehulka (Casinos Of Winnipeg)
Music Publishing Company of the Year—ole
Record Company of the Year—Open Road Recordings
Record Company Person of the Year—Ron Kitchener (Open Road Recordings)
Artist Hall of Fame Inductee—Michelle Wright
Builder Hall of Fame Inductee—Bill Langstroth
Slaight Music Humanitarian Award—Johnny Reid
Songwriter(s) of the Year—”Trail In Life” (written and recorded by Dean Brody)
Top Selling Canadian Album 0f the Year (Canadian sales only)—Johnny Reid
Top Selling International Album of the Year (Canadian sales only)—Taylor Swift
Album Design of the Year—Kristin Barlowe/Cut+Paste Design/Jill Snell/Jeff Sylvester for Trail In Life (Dean Brody)
Record Producer(s) of the Year—George Canyon/Richard Marx (Better Be Home Soon – George Canyon)
Management Company of the Year—RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Retailer of the Year—iTunes Canada
Website of the Year—deanbrody.com (Dean Brody) – Mike Kent/Mitch Nevins, Webmasters
Booking Agency of the Year—The Agency Group
Video Director of the Year—Stephano Barberis (“Here To Heaven” Marlee Scott; “Passenger Window” Melissa Rae Barrie; “Put Some Alcohol On It” Gord Bamford)
Country Festival, Fair, or Exhibition of the Year—Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
The full list of awards can be found at www.ccma.org.
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